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IDOL Announces Long-Awaited Update to Prevailing Wage Rates

After a nearly two-year wait, the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) recently announced an update to the prevailing wage rates.  The new rates are effective for work performed on public works projects on or after June 5, 2017. The Illinois… Continue Reading →

Process and Timing for Seating Newly Elected Park District Commissioners

With Election Day having come and gone, park districts are back to business as usual.  However, one important question remains: when do the newly elected commissioners take office?  Fortunately, the Park District Code provides an answer.  But, as is often… Continue Reading →

New Lead Testing Law Now in Effect Impacts All Public Water Systems

On January 17, 2017, a new Illinois state law took effect requiring certain schools and DCFS licensed day care centers to test for lead in drinking water. The Lead Testing Law, Public Act 099-0922, aims to ensure that public drinking… Continue Reading →

Non-Profit Hospital Property Tax Headed Towards Resolution Before Illinois Supreme Court

This week, the Illinois Supreme Court will hear oral argument in an important case for Illinois hospitals, which also has significant ramifications for property tax bases for local government entities. The Carle Foundation v. Cunningham Township decision will impact the… Continue Reading →

Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks New Department of Labor Overtime Rules

A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas entered a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new overtime rules from taking effect on December 1, 2016. As has been widely discussed,… Continue Reading →

No Surprise: Illinois Attorney General Rules Private Emails May Be Considered Public Documents

In an opinion issued on August 9, 2016, the Illinois Attorney General’s Office found that private emails may be considered public documents. While there was never a safe harbor for private emails in the past, some had viewed them beyond… Continue Reading →

Constitutionality of Hospital Property Tax Exemption Comes Before Illinois Supreme Court

On January 5, 2016, the Illinois 4th District Court of Appeals decided Carle Foundation v. Cunningham Township, 2016 IL App (4th) 140795, finding that a broad property tax exemption for hospitals is unconstitutional. This is a significant decision that could… Continue Reading →

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